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CULTURE & HISTORY
By Jessica Lynn
Last summer, I bought a dress at H&M that could, if not for the
quality fabric and production, have fronted as a Bonnie Parker
costume. The dress, hemmed at mid-thigh, was made of soft, silver
jersey with a simple scooped neck and horizontal layers of fringe. A
year later, it has become my not only my most fun, but safest dress.
While perhaps a bit too referential, it fits my petite frame
comfortably, moves with perfect ease, and compliments my boy-short
teased bleached hair. I’ve worn it to family functions, nightclubs,
and out to dinner. Each time, it has been a success among the
ladies, gentlemen, and children. At a banquet, the Charleston was
played in my honor, which started a trend. People were dancing to a
step that has been outdated for decades.
Almost a century later, the fashions of the
1920s are reemerging. Bobbed hair, cloche hats, and loose,
frame-fitting dresses are now in vogue. Long strands of imitation
pearls and beaded necklaces, as well as feathered headpieces have
again become regular accessories in women’s clothing stores.
1920s women’s fashion is known for a newfound freedom from more
confining bodices and structured garments of earlier periods. This
change in fashion reflects the social change of the period--in 1921
in the US women won the right to vote. Beading, fringe, pearls and
silver screen sophistication seem forever interwoven with
speakeasies, gangsters, and all that jazz, which together come to
create our fantasy of the decade of decadence.
Interestingly, while our current state of economic recession is more
closely linked to the Great Depression of the 1930s, designers are
taking to the twenties for inspiration. The 2008 runways found
flappers and zoot suits aplenty. By now, twenties inspired clothes
have moved from the runway to department stores where looks can be
purchased at a more reasonable price. So be the cat’s meow. Rouge
your lips, coal your eyes, and shimmy in your fringe.
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